Posts Tagged ‘energy’
Posted by feww on December 4, 2013
Don’t “short-circuit America’s absolute explosion in energy opportunity” —USCC President Donohue
An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study on fracking, due to be released in 2014, could be used to justify clamping down on the environmentally disastrous technique, which has caused a surge in U.S. oil and natural gas production, said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) President Thomas Donohue.
“This could short-circuit America’s absolute explosion in energy opportunity that is creating millions of jobs,” he told business leaders, warning the rules were hurting the economy and “undermining freedom.”
The counter argument offered by critics of fracking, including numerous environmentalists, is that a major shift to alternative energy sources would create at least twice as many permanent jobs as the fickle fracking industry could ever offer.
Water Contamination from Shale Gas Drilling. Source. Image may be subject to copyright. “The major concern with shale gas drilling is the chemicals used in the process. Because the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempted hydraulic fracturing from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, shale gas drillers don’t have to disclose what chemicals they use.” Gas drilling companies maintain that the gas drilling technique they use, called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is safe. However, based on observation of the drinking water in numerous drilling areas, and the fate of many people who live near the drilling rigs, who are afflicted with serious health conditions, we know that fracking contaminates groundwater with dangerous chemicals.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a messy technique that involves forcing large volumes of pressurized chemical fluids and sand deep underground to crack rocks and free trapped oil and natural gas.
“Many believe it will be the rationalization of new federal fracking regulations before the end of this administration,” said Donohue, reported Reuters.
Thomas J. Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, talks to [retired] Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the kickoff of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership at the chamber in Washington, D.C., June 29, 2011. Public Domain Photo.
The United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC) is the largest business lobbying group in the U.S., and a major force in the national politics.
- Texas is Fracked! August 19, 2013
- Two More Quakes Strike North Texas Posted on November 29, 2013
- Significant Radioactivity, Salts, Metals Detected at Pennsylvania Fracking Site Posted on October 3, 2013
- Fracking Fluid Likely Killed Threatened Kentucky Fish: USGS Posted on August 30, 2013
- Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water Posted on May 10, 2011
- Ozone Hole, Fracking and Other Issues Posted on April 22, 2011
- Philadelphia: Public Health Prevails Over Private Wealth Posted on March 26, 2010
- Big Oil Hires Top Environmental Assassins March 26, 2010
[Search blog contents, where it hasn't been fracked (hacked), for other links on fracking.]
Posted in environment, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: censorship, climate and energy bill, energy, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, Safe Drinking Water Act, shale gas drilling, Thomas Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Water Contamination | 1 Comment »
Posted by feww on May 14, 2013
China’s electricity consumption leaped 6.8 percent in April
China’s electricity consumption climbed 6.8 percent to 416.5 billion kWh in April from a year earlier, the National Energy Administration (NEA) reported.
In the first four months of 2013, China consumed a total of 1.63 trillion kWh of electricity, a rise of 4.9 percent compared to a year ago, according to NEA.
- The service industry was responsible for the highest rise, up 9.1 percent from last year, the report said.
- China commissioned 18.72 million kilowatts of additional production capacity in the first four months of this year, including 11 million kW of thermal power and 3.97 million kW of hydro-power.
“China’s first-quarter economic growth unexpectedly slowed to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent during the final quarter of 2012, sapping expectations for a strong rebound.”
Posted in Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: China, china power consumption, coal, Coal-fired Power Plant, electricity generation, energy | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on April 16, 2013
China’s Q1 electricity consumption rose 4.3 percent to 1.21 trillion kWh
Electricity consumption in energy-starved China for first quarter of 2013 rose 4.3 percent yoy to 1.21 trillion kWh, the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) reported.
- About 75 percent of China’s total energy consumption and 80 percent of its electricity production come from coal.
The Shengli open-cast coal mine in Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, encroaches on the grassland. Ten billion cubic meters of water will be consumed by 16 new coal fired power plants and mines in China in 2015, triggering severe water crises in the country’s arid Northwest. (14 Aug, 2012). Image and Caption: Lu Guang/Greenpeace
Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events
Avian Flu H7N9 Virus in China: 63 Infected, 14 Dead
Another fatality and 3 additional infections from H7N9 bird flu virus has been reported in China on Monday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 14, and the number of infections to 63.
A woman died from H7N9 virus infection in east China’s Jiangsu Province on Sunday after emergency treatments failed, said a report quoting the provincial health authorities.
- Of a total of 63 cases of H7N9 infections so far reported across China, 24 are in Shanghai, 17 in Jiangsu, 16 in Zhejiang, three in Anhui, two in Henan and one in Beijing, the report said.
Massive wildfire breaks out in E China forest
Authorities have deployed 700 firefighters to put out a large forest fire in east China’s Jiangxi Province, according to a report.
The fire broke out in the Dexing City mountains at 3:00 pm local time on Monday, April 15, and was uncontained as of posting. The fire started after one or more persons torched wild grass to clear the land for planting, according to the report.
Deadly Explosions Rock Boston Marathon
At least three people have been killed and more than 130 injured, some critically, after two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon ripped through the crowd.
- “Any event with multiple explosive devices – as this appears to be – is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror,” a White House official has said.
- The carnage took place despite 10 years and more than $20 trillion in military expenditure to fight the “war on terror.”
Bomb attacks across Iraq kill at least 55, injure more than 300
A series of attacks across Iraq has killed at least 55 people and injured more than 300 on Monday, according to reports.
- “Monday’s violence marked Iraq’s deadliest day since March 19, the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion, when a wave of bombings killed 65 across the country.” AP reported.
DISASTER CALENDAR – April 16, 2013 —
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,061 Days Left
Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,061 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human History
- The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on April 16, 2010
Submitted by a member
Half the Energy Entering Earth System is Missing [sic]
What Happened to Basic Physics: A Bullshit Report by National Center for Atmospheric Research
Really? Could you permanently trap heat, as if by black magic? Is this trick cumulative too?
If this is good science, there is just one thing left for the National Center for Atmospheric Research to do! Only one guess allowed.
This satellite map shows the amount of solar radiation (watts per square meter) reflected during September 2008. Along the equator, clouds reflected a large proportion of sunlight, while the pale sands of the Sahara caused the high reflectiveness in North Africa. Neither pole is receiving much incoming sunlight at this time of year, so they reflect little energy even though both are ice-covered. (NASA map by Robert Simmon, based on CERES data.)
How much is the sum total of the missing energy?
“The gap between what’s entering the climate system and what’s leaving is about 37 times the heat energy produced by all human activities, from driving cars and running power plants to burning wood,” Reuters reported the report co-author John Fasullo of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research as saying.
Absorbed sunlight is balanced by heat radiated from Earth’s surface and atmosphere. This satellite map shows the distribution of thermal infrared radiation emitted by Earth in September 2008. Most heat escaped from areas just north and south of the equator, where the surface was warm, but there were few clouds. Along the equator, persistent clouds prevented heat from escaping. Likewise, the cold poles radiated little heat. (NASA map by Robert Simmon, based on CERES data.)
Energy lurking deep in the ocean?
Are the oceans evaporating? Is the air temperature rising by 20 degrees Celsius each month? Are there any signs that the heat is taking time off at a popular holiday resort in the Caribbeans? So, where’s the heck is this missing energy? Is this a spoof?
“It might lurk in deep ocean waters in areas sensors don’t reach. Some of it could be the result of imprecise measurement or processing of satellite or sensor data. But the greenhouse-caused heat gap is definitely there,” Reuters reported the authors as saying.
Half of the energy gap is unaccounted for, Fasullo and his co-author Kevin Trenberth said. “It hasn’t left the climate system but it hasn’t been detected with satellites, ocean sensors or other technology,” Reuters reported them as saying.
Try recalibrating your instruments instead of playing “silly buggers” with fundamental physics!
The surface absorbs about 48% of incoming sunlight. Three processes remove an equivalent amount of energy from the Earth’s surface: evaporation (25%), convection (5%), and thermal infrared radiation, or heat (net 17%). (NASA illustration by Robert Simmon. Photograph ©2006 Cyron.)
How much energy are we taking about?
Well, things started getting out of hand around late 1970s to early 1980s. So the authors are probably talking about a 30-year period where half of the energy arriving, stayed behind. Here’s some basic calculation:
- Total rate of solar energy received by the planet: ~ 180 prtawatts, PW [one PW is 10^15]
- [NOTE: about half of that energy, 90PW, reaches the Earth's surface]
- 180 ÷ 2 = 90 PW retained by Earth system [according to the report authors]
- 90PW x 25 years x 31,556,926 seconds= 7.1 Exp10 PJ [71 yottajoules, or 71Exp24] is the total rate of energy lurking in the oceans [according to the report authors]
- Volume of water on earth: 1.3 billion cubic kilometers of water [1.3Exp21 liter]
- Definition of Mean Calorie [4.19J]: The amount of energy required to warm one gram of air-free water by 1°C under standard atmospheric pressure.
- Energy required to raise the temperature of 1kg [~1 liter] of ocean water by one degree: ~ 4.2 kJ.
- The average rise in the ocean temperatures, if what the authors are saying were remotely plausible: ~ 13 degrees°C
On average, 340 watts per square meter of solar energy arrives at the top of the atmosphere. Earth returns an equal amount of energy back to space by reflecting some incoming light and by radiating heat (thermal infrared energy). Most solar energy is absorbed at the surface, while most heat is radiated back to space by the atmosphere. Earth’s average surface temperature is maintained by two large, opposing energy fluxes between the atmosphere and the ground (right)—the greenhouse effect. NASA illustration by Robert Simmon, adapted from Trenberth et al. 2009, using CERES flux estimates provided by Norman Loeb.)
How do we removed the last vestiges of credibility from the impact of GHG on Earth
Blame the ghost energy on the rise in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Then come up with dumb statement like “half of the energy coming into Earth’s climate system is missing, but it could eventually reappear as another sign of climate change.”
The net effect of the above would work magic on rubbishing everything associated with GHG cause of climate change.
“The heat will come back to haunt us [like a ghost] sooner or later [as all nasty ghosts do,]” Trenberth said. “It is critical to track the build-up of energy in our climate system so we can understand what is happening and predict our future climate.”
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Posted by feww on March 5, 2010
CANADA’s AVATAR SANDS
The largest oil exporter to the United States, Canada extracts about 50 percent of its crude oil supplies from the dirty oil sands.
High Res (5.3 MB PDF)
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Posted by feww on June 19, 2009
New York Counts GHG?
New York Cognitive Dissonance: Keeping Wall Street alive AND showing concern for global climate change!
A carbon counting sign on the side of the Deutsche Bank building in New York, June 18, 2009, displays the running total amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. REUTERS/Eric Thayer. IMAGE MAY BE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT.
Mauna Loa CO2 monthly mean data
May 2009, [Decimal date: 2009.375] – Monthly average: 390.18 ppm
Based on the above data, total atmospheric CO2 TODAY:
3,044,617,608,327.73 MT [3,044,617.61 MMT]
Combined impact of Nitrous Oxide (N2O), Methane (CH4) and CFC 12 ( CCl2F2) calculated at their full global warming potential: 30.59% of the CO2 Impact, or the CO2 equivalent of
931,380,216,898.77 MT CO2e [931,380,22 MMTCO2e]
Effective Total: 3,975,997,825,226.50 MTCO2e
[MT: Metric Tons; MMT: Million Metric Tons; CO2e: Carbon Dioxide Equivalent ]
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Posted by feww on September 7, 2008
Ike: A Deadly Hurricane by any Other Name
2008 Year of the Rain, too?
GOES – Floater Image – UneEnhanced Infrared CH4 – Date and time: Updated on Image – Credit NOAA/NESDIS/SSD
FEWW Comment: Ike has re-restrengthened to a Category 4A on the FEWW Hurricane Scale (Cat. 4 on Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale) with extremely dangerous wind speeds of about 215km/hr. It’s outer bands have enveloped the Dominican Republic and the northeastern peripheries of Haiti, moving slowly to cover north [and rest] of the island, where 500 people have already died and up to a million others displaced from previous storms. More rain, flooding, deaths and devastation are to be expected.
Subject to current weather condition and sea temperatures in the Caribbeans and on its forecast path, hurricane Ike may strengthen to a Category 5 hurricane as it approaches/makes landfall in Cuba, striking ferociously at the heart of the tropical island, which is already reeling from the shock of the previous three storms (Fay, Gustav and Hannah) in as many weeks. It’s hoped that the resilient Cuban people would literally “weather the storm.”
Storm Centered Infrared Image. Click here for JAVA Movie (color enhancement). credit CIMSS – Space Science and Engineering Center – University of Wisconsin- Madison
GOES – Tropical Floater Imagery – Infrared CH 4 – Date and time: Updated on Image – Credit NOAA/NESDIS/SSD
GOES EAST – North Atlantic Imagery – JSL2 enhancement – Date and time: Updated on Image – Credit NOAA/NESDIS/SSD
Eye of Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Ike Passing Over the Turks Islands
- Source: NHC
- Forecaster: Avila
- Date and Time:Sept 7, 2008 at 03:00UTC
- Category and Wind Speed: About 215 km/hr with higher gusts. Ike is an extremely dangerous category four Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale [Cat 4A on FEWW Hurricane Scale]. Some strengthening is
Possible before Ike moves over eastern Cuba.
- Location: The large eye of hurricane Ike was located near latitude 21.2 north, longitude 70.9 west, very close to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
- Direction: Ike is moving toward the west-southwest near 24 km/hr and this motion is expected to continue Sunday with a gradual turn to the west late Sunday. On this track, the core of the hurricane Will begin to affect the southeastern Bahamas early Sunday. Ike should then move near the central Bahamas and the northern coast of eastern Cuba Sunday night/early Monday.
- Breadth: Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 75 km from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 220 km.
- Estimated minimum central pressure: 947mb (27.96 inches).
- Storm surge flooding: 13 to 18 feet above normal tide levels and large and dangerous battering waves can be expected in the warning areas.
- Large swells generated by Ike will affect portions of the southeast United States coast during the next 48 hrs. These waves could generate dangerous and life-threatening rip currents.
- Rainfall: About 10 to 20 cm (4 to 8 inches) with isolated maximum amounts of 30 cm (12 inches) are expected over the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas. Hispaniola and eastern Cuba could see 15 to 30 cm (6 to 12 inches) of rain with isolated maximum amounts of up to 50cm (20 inches) possible. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides over mountainous terrain.
These graphics show probabilities of sustained (1-minute average) surface wind speeds equal to or exceeding 34 kt…39 mph (tropical storm force). These wind speed probability graphics are based on the official National Hurricane Center (NHC) track, intensity, and wind radii forecasts, and on NHC forecast error statistics for those forecast variables during recent years. Each graphic provides cumulative probabilities that wind speeds of at least 39 mph will occur during cumulative time periods at each specific point on the map. The cumulative periods begin at the start of the forecast period and extend through the entire 5-day forecast period at cumulative 12-hour intervals (i.e., 0-12 h, 0-24 h, 0-36 h, … , 0-120 h). An individual graphic is produced for each cumulative interval, and the capability to zoom and animate through the periods is provided. To assess the overall risk of experiencing winds of at least 39 mph at any location, the 120-h graphics are recommended. NOAA/NHC/NWS
Related “Year of the Expected Unknowns” Links:
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Posted by feww on September 2, 2008
IS THIS RELATIONSHIP ANY LESS IMPORTANT THAN THE ONE BELOW?
Bristol Palin , the 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is seen holding her brother Trig at a campaign event in Dayton, Ohio, August 29, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress. Image may be subject to copyright.
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Posted by feww on July 24, 2008
Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Eastern Honshu, Japan about 25 km ENE of Morioka
The quake caused substantial damage to buildings, collapsed power lines and left as many as 10,000 homes and businesses without electricity.
Cars were buried in a landslide, according to local news reports, and the tremor triggered dozens of fires. Fujitsu Ltd. in Iwate reported that its “semiconductor production machines were partially damaged.”
About 130 people needed hospital treatment, thousands more trapped in stranded trains, motorways closed and train services canceled. the tremor was felt widely in southern Hokkaido and in the main island of Honshu as far south as Tokyo.
According to witness reports, the quake caused strong shaking lasting up to 40 seconds in areas near the epicenter in northern Japan.
Japan sits atop the Eurasian, Pacific, Philippine and North American tectonic plates whose movements cause numerous earthquakes. The country experiences about 20 percent of the world’s major earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.
People clean up the pieces of glasses shattered by a strong earthquake at an auto dealership in Karumai, Iwate prefecture Thursday, July 24, 2008. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck off the northern Japanese coast early Thursday, injuring at least 91 people, causing blackouts and landslides, officials said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
Did you know?
With a total of 203 earthquakes measuring 6.0 Mw or greater, 1995 experienced the largest number of quakes for the period 1980 to 2007 [2007 was runner up with 195 large quakes.] With a total of 110 quakes so far [as of July 23,] 2008 could prove a record-breaking year for large tremors. [The stats are based on USGS data.]
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green [USGS]
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green [USGS]
- Magnitude: 6.8
- Date-Time: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 15:26:20 UTC [Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 12:26:20 AM at epicenter]
- Location: 39.807°N, 141.467°E
- Depth: 111 km (69.0 miles) set by location program
- Region: EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
- 30 km (20 miles) ENE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan;
- 75 km (50 miles) S of Hachinohe;
- 120 km (75 miles) E of Akita;
- 485 km (300 miles) NNE of TOKYO
- Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 3.8 km (2.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
The Mainshock was followed by a magnitude 5.1 aftershock almost exactly 11 hours later at 11:27:42 AM (time at epicenter).
Location of aftershock: 39.576°N, 141.385°E
Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Distance: 25 km (15 miles) SE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan [455 km NNE of TOKYO]
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Posted by feww on July 19, 2008
Will she hold her strength this time despite the official forecast?
Hurricane Bertha: Satellite image July 19, 2008 00:15UTC – NOAA
HURRICANE BERTHA ADVISORY NUMBER 63
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022008
500 PM AST FRI JUL 18 2008
…BERTHA BECOMES A HURRICANE AGAIN…
AT 500 PM AST…2100Z…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE BERTHA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 37.6 NORTH…LONGITUDE 50.6 WEST OR ABOUT 640 MILES…
1035 KM…SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF CAPE RACE NEWFOUNDLAND.
BERTHA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 22 MPH…35 KM/HR…AND
THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF
DAYS WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 75 MPH…120 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. BERTHA SHOULD SLOWLY WEAKEN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AND
BEGIN TO LOSE TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS LATE ON SATURDAY.
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES…75 KM…FROM
THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 175
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 989 MB…29.21 INCHES.
REPEATING THE 500 PM AST POSITION…37.6 N…50.6 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD…NORTHEAST NEAR 22 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…989 MB.
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
1100 PM AST.
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Posted by feww on July 15, 2008
BERTHA IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS…
A satellite Image of Bertha before arriving in Bermuda. NOAA, Jul 10, 2008
- AT 800 PM AST [Atlantic Standard Time]…0000Z [GMT]…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BERTHA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 33.4 NORTH…LONGITUDE 64.0 WEST OR ABOUT 85 MILES…135 KM…NORTH-NORTHEAST OF BERMUDA.
- LARGE SWELLS AND HIGH SURF ARE AFFECTING BERMUDA…AND THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST FOR THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.
- DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS ARE ALSO OCCURRING ALONG THE U.S. EAST COAST FROM THE CAROLINAS THROUGH SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.
- BERTHA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN BERMUDA OF 3 TO 5 INCHES.
Excerpts from TROPICAL STORM BERTHA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 47A -
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 800 PM AST MON JUL 14 2008
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Posted by feww on July 12, 2008
California Inferno Rages On
Wildfires are an indispensable tool in Nature’s cycle-of-life toolbox. But … the fires must not be allowed to burn naturally!! Click Here!
What People Said:
- California is reaching a “tipping point.” We need federal help, including military resources, said the mighty Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who declared a state-wide drought in June amid two years of low rainfall.
- Humanoids’ ignorance of Nature’s defense mechanisms hasn’t improved in 12,000 years! Take the California’s wildfires, for example. Tackling the wildfires has become strictly a Freudian affair. ~ A Member of Creating A Sustainable Future (CASF).
A firefighter with the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District talks on his radio as a spot fire burns through trees and brush July 10, 2008 in Concow, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
- About 1,300 square miles (3,366 square kilometers), or 0.8 percent of the entire state, an area larger than Rhode Island, has been consumed in California since June 21, said Cal Fire. [The scorched land area is the largest in size in California's wildfire history.]
- For first time in 30 years, California National Guard lends hand against wildfires, said abc News.
- “I am ordering 2,000 additional California National Guard personnel to boost our firefighting forces,” said Schwarzenegger.
- Burning embers – pinecones and bark chunks as big as baseballs – were thrown a quarter of a mile ahead of the primary wall of flames, creating spot fires. “You can’t see out a quarter mile,” Brown said. “When you find the new fire, it’s already a big fire.” Said SFGate
- “In my district, about 40 more homes were confirmed destroyed and there has been at least one death where a person refused to evacuate,” said Butte County Supervisor Bill Connelly.
- “[The California's fires] are unprecedented in size and number … [State authorities] have essentially exhausted all of their internal resources; eighty percent of all the federal resources are committed to California right now.” Said Glenn Cannon, assistant administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
A mountain bike is one of the few items recognizable at a home in the Camelot subdivision in Concow, Calif. Chronicle photo by Paul Chinn. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
- The fires have killed two firefighters, injured 262, consumed 752,944 acres and have costs $325.7 million to fight. The fires threaten about 15,500 homes and structures across California, according to the state and federal fire reports.
- Some 19,704 firefighters and support personnel from 41 states are quenching 322 fires across California, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cal Fire.
- Mexican and Canadian crews are also helping the US firefighters, said Mark Rey, undersecretary of natural resources and the environment for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- The Butte blaze threatens 3,800 homes and structures, said Justin Scribner, a spokesman for Cal Fire. “We were trying to conduct a planned burning operation, with crews in place to hold the lines, but the winds picked up, and we weren’t able to stop it.”
- The Butte fire has scorched about 49,000 acres (19,600 hectares), 60 structures, and caused $40.5 million in damages, according to Cal Fire and the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
This image of the combined fires was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on July 10, 2008.
Carbon Dioxide Is a Fire Retardant (!)
- Homeland Security (!) Sec. Michael Chertoff held a conference call with Gov. Schwarzenegger, Sen. Feinstein, a staffer for Sen. Boxer, Interior Sec. Kempthorne and Agriculture Sec. Schafer to discuss California’s needs, said DHS spokeswoman. [She did not specify whether the conference was held in French or in English!]
- It has been decided that to create more CO2, which might help put out the fires, firefighters from Australia, Greece and New Zealand should come to the U.S. </dark humor>
- State officials are trying to get all the fires declared as major disasters, to enable increased access to federal funds, said California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi.
- Forest fires have broken out in nine states, including two in Washington yesterday, which destroyed [thirteen] homes [some were multimillion-dollar homes] in the Spokane Valley [Friday], said Don Smurthwaite, a spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
Numerous major wildfires continued burning Friday in Eastern Washington, prompting Gov. Chris Gregoire to declare a state of emergency for the entire state. That freed equipment, firefighters and funding for efforts to quench the flames.
Fire crews from across Washington were battling blazes in Chelan, Douglas, Stevens, Adams, Ferry, and Spokane counties. With hot and dry conditions statewide, Gregoire said the proclamation ensured any affected area would have sufficient firefighting resources. (Source)
- “It would do us no good to send everything to California and then see fires ignite in three or four other states,” Smurthwaite said.
- So far, about 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares), [an area roughly the size of Connecticut,] have burned in the U.S. this year, exceeding the 10-year average of 2.5 million [by 20 percent,] Smurthwaite said.
- “Hand crews and bulldozers were (in Concow) all night, posted at individual homes” trying to retard the flames, said Joshpae White, an engineer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
- High temperatures and low humidity have hampered efforts by crews trying to contain another fire advance near Carmel Valley, north of Big Sur. said Susan Zornek, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman on loan from Missouri.
- Because this fire season started so early, the firefighting conditions have been among the worst in memory, even among longtime crews, said Terence McHale, policy director for CDF Firefighters of Cal Fire, the union representing the firefighters.
- “We have firefighters who’ve been working nonstop since mid-May, who haven’t seen their families or homes, who are working 24-hour shifts, 21 days on, sometimes putting in 36 hours in the initial attack of a fire,” said McHale said. “It’s an incredible challenge.”
- “You almost feel like somebody is out to get you,” said Nancy Henphill, 61, a Concow resident.
California Must Decide: Life or “Lifestyle?”
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Posted by feww on April 8, 2008
E = mc²
Therefore, CO2 ≤ 450ppm = NO Climate Change!
Yay! We can keep the CO2 under 450ppm AND stop the climate change!
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Posted by feww on April 7, 2008
WILD FACTS SERIES
[Updated] Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN) March 2008
As of End March 2008, the MSRB-CASF Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN), an index for calculating the full impact of human consumption and activities on the Earth’s life support systems, stood at a terminally high level of 177.43, a rise of about 3.5 percent over the previous year. In other words, the full human impact including the ecological footprint and the damage inflicted on the living environment by his activities in the 12-month period ending March 2008 was 77.43 percent higher than the load which the planet’s ecosystems in their current state can cope with.
Components of HIoN
The HIoN Index integrates updated data and methodology used by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report for Global Status of Provisioning, Regulating, and Cultural Ecosystem services.
Before and After [Top : Blue Marble composite images generated by NASA. Bottom (left), Mars from Hubble Space Telescope, (right) "Late spring on Mars" portrait taken with the HST Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 by NASA. Final composite image by FEWW.]
According to HIoN projections, our cities and population centers would become almost entirely unsustainable by as early as 2015.
Source: Index of Human Impact on Nature
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